With E3 right around the corner it seems as though publishers are showing their hand before the biggest trade show of the year.
Developer and publisher Bethesda revealed the hotly anticipated sequel yesterday morning with a surprise gameplay trailer. The Fallout series, which follows a player created wanderer in a post apocalyptic America, has been beloved since it’s first installment in 1997. In 2004, developer Bethesda took over the series from developer Black Isle Studios with great results. 2008’s Fallout 3 became a commercial success, earning universal critical acclaim and numerous game of the year awards. Fallout 4 will be the first Fallout game from in seven years, and the first game in the series since 2010’s New Vegas which was developed by Obsidian.
The series will be leaving Fallout 3’s Washington D.C. in favor of Boston. The three minute trailer showed the return of canine companion Dogmeat, several real life Boston landmarks, flashbacks to pre-nuclear attack America (something not often explored in previous games) and, most importantly, in-game visuals. Fallout 4 will be the first Bethesda developed open world RPG coming to current gen consoles and will be released for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
It is a safe bet to assume creative director Todd Howard and his team, the guys behind the Elder Scrolls series and Fallout 3, have been working on the game since the release of Skyrim in 2011. With a four year development cycle already in the can, a 2015 release wouldn’t be too surprising. When Fallout 3 was first shown to the public at E3 2008, it released that October.
Rumors about a Fallout sequel first started last month when a work credit on a Fallout 4 cinematic trailer showed up on the Linkedin account of a 3D artist for Guillermo Del Toro’s production studio Mirada. It is unclear whether the gameplay trailer released today was the same trailer that showed up on the Linkedin profile.
Expect more details on Fallout 4 at E3 later this month.